Maryhill Winery 2010 Northridge Vineyard Primitivo, Wahluke Slope, $32

By on May 16, 2013

Washington wineFor many years, Primitivo and Zinfandel were considered to be an identical grape. Now research shows they are both clones of a Croatian variety known as Crljenak Kastelanski. Primitivo has a long, illustrious and mysterious history – and a myth has been perpetuated that it was the wine served at the Last Supper. The grapes for this superb wine come from the arid Wahluke Slope, a vineyard owned and farmed by the Milbrandt brothers. It opens with aromas of cigar leaf, dried strawberry, raspberry and something that reminds us of an Arab spice market. On the palate, it reveals flavors of black pepper, dark chocolate, strawberry-rhubarb jam and Bing cherry. It’s a rich, delicious wine with smooth tannins and a terrific finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 660 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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